Monday, December 15, 2008

Thinking on the Bright Side

It's been said that we all have a "gift", and we just need to discover and develop our gifts in order to succeed in life.
D.R. has always been a logical thinker who's great at math, so he became an Engineer. Further development of his natural gifts led him to management, and beyond.
I was always a good listener who loved to be around people, so I became a Social Worker, then an Interpreter, and now a Mom. My natural gifts helped me to be successful at all three.

It is this theory of developing our gifts that leads D.R. to believe our 20 month old daughter will some day be a Consumer Product Test Agent (we don't even know if that's a real title but it sounds good) for Proctor and Gamble or Johnson and Johnson.
The child has a need to taste things. I mean everything. She has to taste soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, diaper rash cream, powder, and of course her favorite, Windex. Every time I put a little baby powder on her, she will rub her hand in it, taste it, say "Ka Ka!", and then try wipe it off her tongue. Naturally she will do it all over again tomorrow, as if she forgot the disgusting taste the first 37 times she tried it. I think it's a problem. D.R. thinks it's her future career.

If we continue with this theory, then it's quite possible that Gia will turn out to be a Testing Engineer for Good Housekeeping. You know those people who test out products to see if they really stand up to their claims, and decide if they earn the 'seal of approval'. That's definitely right up her alley. She seems to enjoy seeing if she can destroy things. Just today she took my angel off the cedar chest and threw it on the floor as hard as she could. Sure enough the darn thing broke into three pieces. It did NOT earn the Gia seal of approval.
Maybe that's why she tried to dump out an entire container of baby powder on the living room carpet. She really wanted to see if the Kenmore vacuum stands up to its' name.
And the real reason she still throws her food on the floor every day is because she is trying to see how long a Swiffer will hold up under every day use. Yeah, that's it!

Watch out Good Housekeeping, have we got an Engineer for you!